“a place apart”
What kind of sorcery is this? We’re just a few stops up the Northern Line, but we’re in a country village nestling round what was once an old pond. Yes, we’ve taken a brief tube journey into timeless England. Here are lanes and cottages and Georgian houses and spectacular views across London. Here are Coleridge, Dickens, Betjeman, Cromwell, Nell Gwyn, Dick Whittington, Jamie Oliver, Yehudi Menuhin, Jude Law, Kate Moss, George Michael and Sting. Here’s Witanhurst, the second largest house in London, complete with family connections to Mary, the London Walks “boss.” And after the walk, you can tour Highgate Cemetery (“one of the most astonishing places in London… architecture’s answer to Hieronymus Bosch”). Or stroll over to Kenwood House, the Platonic ideal of an aristocratic country house: perfection indoors (its world-class art collection) and outdoors (its landscaped gardens, the way it crowns its wooded slope on the Heath). Welcome to the perfect Sunday morning London Walk. But keep it under your hat, because if the word gets out Highgate’s going to be a major tourist attraction! Guided by Richard III, Tom MBE, Corinna or Matthew.
Après–walk visits don’t come any better than Kenwood House and Highgate Cemetery. Kenwood (the house, its famous paintings, its views, a spot of lunch) and then, refuelled, exploring, your jaw hanging open, Highgate Cemetery – it’s a combination that turns a day into a masterpiece.
HIGHGATE VILLAGE – THE PRACTICALS
The Highgate Village walk takes place at 10.45 am every* Sunday morning. Meet Tom MBE, Richard III, Corinna or Matthew in the booking hall of Highgate Tube. *In the London Walks summer season (May 1 – October 31)
The Highgate Walk ends in Pond Square, a short walk from Highgate Tube.
LONDON WALKS REVIEWS
“Best walking tours on earth. I’ve been on walking tours across five continents and these are far and away the best, because the guides are not just real locals with a genuine enthusiasm, but fascinating people in their own right, every time. Just finished my 8th walk – this time the Highgate tour with Matthew – he was awesome!” Andrew S., Chiang Mai, Thailand, TripAdvisor
“The best walks are conducted by London Walks” Toronto Globe & Mail
“The best walking tours in London” The London Guide
“We went on the Highgate and Westminster walks and both were brilliant. We learnt so much from the very knowledgeable guides. It was easy to find them at the meeting points, just turn up, pay your money and you’re off. Can’t wait to do a different walk next time I’m in London.” Passivesoul, Pembrokeshire
LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS
If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Highgate Village walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Highgate Village walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.
GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS
A private London Walk makes a very special, thoughtful and unusual gift. Be it a birthday or anniversary or graduation or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.
Mike Lipnick –
What a great tour. Highly recommend. Learned a lot of history and a deep appreciation of Hampstead area. A true gem and you can’t beat the value.
Bruce Hislop –
Matthew gives the perfect tour of Highgate and is an excellent mimic of accents and very humorous as we wandered through this charming part of London
I doubt I would have discovered this absolutely worthwhile part of London without this tour. Go on a drizzly day–the group will be more intimate, and Highgate Cemetery that much more atmospheric!
Barbara Endicott Adams –
A blustery but beautiful day for walking on Hampstead Heath and environs. Our guide was splendid, giving us a lot of history of the pretty village, and excellent views of London from several vantage points. Highly recommend.